Our Team

Despite the Monkey was founded in 2017 by four graduates of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts; Fin Claydon, Harry Machray, Dylan Howells and Tammy Howarth. The Team have recently been joined by Kate Condon, bringing our current number to 5.

Harry Machray

Artistic Director

Harry is a graduate of the the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and current Young Director for the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, specialising in immersive theatre.

As a director his credits include:

Debris (Liverpool Playhouse Studio); It Doesn’t Matter (Sennheiser Studio Theatre); Conversations With Rats (Liverpool Arts School Theatre and Edinburgh Space on the Mile); Pavlov (site specific) and Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco (Liverpool Everyman Studio).

Tammy Howarth


Tammy graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a degree in Music. She specialises in composition for film and live performance. Since graduating she has composed professionally for several short films and commercial reels.

She recently composed and played for dance company Twitch (Echo arena Liverpool); Debris (Liverpool Playhouse Studio); Pavlov (Production design, site specific); Twitch (Hope Street Theatre Liverpool); Giselle Reawakened (Paul McCartney Auditorium); Westside (Paul McCartney Auditorium); Rouge (Paul McCartney Auditorium).

Fin Claydon

Sound Designer

Fin trained as a Sound Designer and Engineer at LIPA, where he also developed an interest for immersive technologies. Since graduating, Fin has worked as Sound #1 on a number of professional musicals.

Theatre credits include:

Debris (Liverpool Playhouse Studio); Return of the Soldier (Hope Mill Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre); Spamalot (UK Tour); Hair (The Vaults, and Hope Mill Theatre); 9 to 5 (Associate Sound Design, Floral Pavilion); Yank (Charing Cross Theatre); Cole (Sound Design, Sennheiser Studio Theatre); Pavlov (Self led, site specific in LIPA); Urinetown (Sound Design, Paul McCartney); Christmas Cracker (Sound Design, Hope Mill Theatre); Parade (Hope Mill Theatre); 13 (Sound Design, Paul McCartney Auditorium)


Dylan Howells


Dylan trained in theatre design at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where he designed Despite the Monkey’s first production Pavlov.

Since then he has gone on to be a finalist in the 2017 Linbury prize for stage design for the Lyric Hammersmith and is a current recipient of the Royal Opera House bursary 2018-19.

Dylan’s previous credits include:

Debris (Liverpool Playhouse Studio); Mop the house: a short guide to vogue (Lighting design, Arena Theatre Wolverhampton); Pavlov (Production design, site specific); Particles (Lighting design, Liverpool Light Night 2017); Urinetown (Set design, Paul McCartney Auditorium); Giselle Reawakened (Lighting design, Paul McCartney Auditorium).

Kate Condon

Company Manager

Kate is a Stage Manager originally from Canada and a recent graduate from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Credits include:

Jesus Hopped the A Train (the Young Vic); Porgy & Bess at (Grange Park Opera).

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Despite the Monkey believe strongly that collaborative and diverse relationships produce the best creative work. That’s why we’re proud to support and work with these wonderful people and organisations. 

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